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Coming up on Connections: Thursday, April 4, 2024

An illustration of Martin Luther King Jr standing tall against a cloudy sky, with indistinct figures and the Washington Memorial appearing behind him
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A rendition of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr in Washington, D.C.

First hour: What can we learn about the labor movement from the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?

Second hour: Discussing CITY Magazine's April 2024 issue

On the 58th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Rochester Labor Council is screening a documentary of his final days, when he stood in solidarity with Memphis sanitation workers. We discuss parallels and disconnects between the labor movement during King’s era and the labor movement today. What can we learn? Our guests discuss it. In studio:

  • Orlando Torres, vice president of AFSCME Local 1635 City Employees Union, and local sanitation worker
  • Sharifa Prior, chair of the Rochester Labor Council Racial Justice Committee, and member of CSEA
  • Jim Bertolone, president emeritus of the Rochester Labor Council, and former president and labor historian for APWU (postal workers)

Then in our second hour, we explore this month’s issue of CITY Magazine. The April edition focuses on all things cannabis. From beauty products, glass art, and baked goods, to what it means to run a cannabis farm or dispensary, we cover it all with our guests:

  • Leah Stacy, editor-in-chief of CITY Magazine
  • Jacob Walsh, art director for CITY Magazine
  • Patrick Hosken, arts writer for CITY Magazine
  • Racquel Stephen, health reporter for WXXI and contributor to CITY Magazine
  • Bee Duangtavilay, owner of Puffalo Dreams cannabis dispensary in Tonawanda
  • Richard K, glass artist and founder of
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.